Mueller files first charges in Trump-Russia investigation

Mueller files first charges in Trump-Russia investigation

Mueller files first charges in Trump-Russia investigation

The charges remained sealed Friday under a federal judge's order.

The timing of the CNN exclusive is curious, as it comes just hours after Fox News published a story entitled, "Mueller facing new Republican pressure to resign in Russian Federation probe", quoting Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who reiterated his call for Mueller to step down, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, who'd gone on "Fox & Friends" on Friday morning to call for Mueller to step aside because of a conflict of interest.

The Russia investigation has cast a shadow over Trump's 9-month-old presidency and widened the partisan rift between Republicans and Democrats. Susan Collins said Sunday that the Senate intelligence committee should bring senior Democratic Party operatives back for testimony after revelations about the party paying intelligence firm Fusion GPS for opposition research on Donald Trump a year ago. He also is exploring whether Trump or his aides have tried to obstruct the investigation.

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The special counsel's investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as obstruction of justice by the President, who might have tried to impede the investigation.

President Donald Trump expressed his feelings about Obamacare, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, the Fusion GPS dossier, tax cuts and most notably the Mueller investigation in a wide-ranging Sunday morning tweet storm.

CNN reported Friday that a federal grand jury in Washington had approved the first charges in Mueller's investigation, and that plans had been made for anyone charged to be taken into custody as early as Monday.

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The president's Twitter fusillade came as he and his advisers braced for the first public action by Robert S. Mueller III, the special prosecutor named after Comey's ouster to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

However, then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump recently fired, concluded the server-email investigation without recommending criminal charges.

Multiple congressional committees have undertaken their own investigations into Russian meddling in the elections, following up on the conclusion of US intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to sway the contest in favor of Trump - an idea that he has frequently dismissed as a hoax.

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